What is Craft?

What is Craft?

According to Macmillan’s dictionary, crafts are defined as “art or objects that are made by hand, for example pottery or needlework.” Museum favorite artists like Hannah Hoch who is known for her collage work or Tara Donavon who created a room feature made of styrofoam cups to resemble clouds fit the definition of crafts. Most art that is usually put on display in housework can be included as a craft.

When I hear this word I usually think of craft fairs such as the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. At the festival, you are able to find jewelry, paintings, sculptures, et cetra. However, most of the art there is “kitschy.” It includes humorous, poor-tasting pieces that have an eclectic and quirky feel. All the pieces feel folksy and warm.

Another example, would be Pinterest or Etsy. The popular websites allow for regular people (usually 40 year old wine moms) to post their newest creations and sell them for absurd prices. Bows and “artisan” jars with more bows and random scraps of rope and GLITTER that will turn your drab college room into a Tumblr girl’s dream.  Some of the things are fantastic and expertly put together with almost no flaws but most is quickly put together in order to make money. Sometimes the sites will include instructions; sometimes poorly worded or just pictures of what should happen…always impossible to recreate.